Carmelo Anthony has been wowing NBA fans all year, but he may have outdone himself last night. In a 106-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Melo filled the stat sheet and the Knicks' record books.
In 44 minutes, Melo dropped 42 points, thanks to his nine three-pointers, tying a team record along with Toney Douglas, Latrell Sprewell (twice) and John Starks.
Aside from his three-point record, Anthony also tied a team record for consecutive games with at least 20 points (29, with the legendary Richie Guerin).
Despite Melo's heroics, the game was still a nail biter, coming down to a great, old-fashion three-point play completed by Melo on a terrible foul from Hawks defender Josh Smith.
Sometimes you just see something amazing, and Sunday night was definitely that type of atmosphere. It seemed like Anthony couldn't miss, and his excitement was apparent throughout the game.
It often looked like he couldn't even believe how hot he was shooting, and his smile showed it.
The Garden's chants for "MVP, MVP, MVP" were deafening, even on television, and I have to say, it's pretty hard to argue with these fans right now.
He's averaging 29.4 ppg, landing him behind only Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and last night's game was his fourth game of 40-plus points. If these numbers aren't good enough for you, Anthony's scoring average is up to 31.3 over the month of January, which again finds him just about deadlocked with Durant's numbers this month (31.9).
In addition to Melo's prolific scoring this season, we have also seen an increased attention to his play on the defensive side of the ball and some great passing, both of which appear to be a result from his play with the gold medal-winning US Olympic squad from the 2012 summer games, where Melo was a definite leader and force on the team.
Anthony's great play was evident again on Sunday, as it has been all season, and we can expect to see more of it on Wednesday as the Knicks host the Magic on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.